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Fighting Prostate Cancer With Speed and Accuracy: RapidArc(R) Radiotherapy Available at the Delaware Valley Urology Cancer Treatment Center
Date:12/1/2009

of radiation oncology services at the Center and clinical associate professor, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. "RapidArc treatments deliver the dose during one continuous arc around the patient. It also uses fewer monitor units--that's a measure of the amount of radiation being emitted--to complete a treatment. That means there is less low-dose spillage being scattered to other parts of the body."

Faster treatments confer another potential benefit for the treatment of prostate cancer. "Speed has the potential to increase accuracy," says Dr. DiBiase. "Prostate tumors can move within the body during longer treatments, due to natural processes like the bladder filling. With RapidArc, the chance of tumor motion during treatment is reduced."

Bodine chose radiotherapy for prostate cancer because he wanted the least invasive treatment option. "I looked at everything--radical surgery, laparoscopic surgery, seed implants, radiation. I talked with about 15 of my friends who had been through this, and everyone had made a different choice. But I decided on this procedure because I felt it was the least invasive. Normally in the winter, we go away, but I said, 'Let's just take care of this.' I concluded my treatments in March, and 3 months later, my PSA had dropped from 3.9 to 0.5. Three months after that, it dropped again, to 0.3."

Bodine reports that he suffered few side effects--an outcome that is consistent with many published studies of IMRT in the treatment of prostate cancer (see select examples below). "I did not have problems with urination, no bleeding or leakage. The only side effect was that I was a little tired in the afternoons during my treatments. This summer, my wife and I traveled to Macinaw Island in Michigan. Now we are making plans for traveling this winter. We'll go to Newport, Rhode Island to see family, and we're still deciding what to see in January, February, March. We're very busy, my wife and
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